In a continuing effort to make higher education more affordable, 40 Iowa colleges and universities have combined for a joint membership with the Open Textbook Network (OTN), a consortium of colleges and universities working to advance open textbook initiatives.
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Each spring, the Iowa State University library, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, and the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost support the Miller Open Education Mini-Grant Program to encourage instructor innovation in adopting Open Educational Resources (OER).
This semester, in addition to our regular OER consultations, department presentations, and private training available, the Open & Affordable Education Committee will also be hosting a couple of workshops that may be of interest to you:
Libraries and bookstores have different approaches to purveying information that suggest a natural competition. One lends freely what the other sells. But the ISU Book Store and the University Library are on the same page concerning affordable course content.
Iowa OER, an action team composed of representatives from several colleges in the state including Iowa State University, has recently announced its first webinar in a new series for faculty and staff interested in Open Education:
This year, 56 percent of all colleges and universities in the United States are using free textbooks from OpenStax in at least one course. That equates to 5,900-plus institutions and nearly 3 million students, according to the Rice University-based publisher of open educational resources.
Earlier in 2019, the University Library, in partnership with the ISU Student Government and the Open & Affordable Education Committee, asked students to share their experiences with textbooks. How do our students feel about the materials they use in their courses?
In its second year, the Miller Open Education Mini-Grants program shifted even more of its focus to supporting faculty who are crafting original open educational resources (OER), though adoption is still supported across campus.
As a German Studies prof at the University of Waterloo, and someone who has a strong affinity to the humanities and liberal arts education, I wanted to explore how well the OER concept might work in a field like mine. I teach a lot of courses in cultural studies – cultural history, literature, film – that are open to all students, and which are tailored to the particular context of our university, our department, and the interests and aspirations of our institution’s students.
McGraw-Hill and Cengage, two major textbook publishers, announced Wednesday that they would merge, creating the second-largest supplier of textbooks and higher-education materials.
There's no single template for professional development that can be applied at every institution or in every context. But seeing the breadth of professional development approaches might inspire solutions or plant seeds for ideas that will bloom later. "Inside Digital Learning" examined three professional development programs: two for online instructors and one for incorporating OER into the classroom. Here's how they developed their models, and what they've learned in the process.
Though the financial impact of OER and other affordability initiatives is important, especially as tuition rates continue climbing, it's not their only advantage, said Abbey Elder, ope
Abbey Elder, Open Access & Scholarly Communication librarian, and Kyle Collins, associate dean of Online and Blended Learning for Northeast Iowa Community College, presented to the Iowa House and Senate Education Committees on Feb. 18. The purpose of this presentation was to educate the legislature about the high cost of college textbooks and to explain how open educational resources (OER) can help with these costs in some cases.
To kick off the start of Open Education Week, the Open & Affordable Education Committee is excited to announce the second call for proposals for the Miller Open Education Mini-Grant Program. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost (SVPP), the University Library, and the Open & Affordable Education Committee, the purpose of these grants is to encourage instructor innovation in assigning new, less expensive materials to students by using open educational resources (OER) in the classroom.
Open Education Week (March 4th-8th) is an international event where educational institutions share information about open educational resources (OER), open pedagogy, and other aspects of Open Education.
At the January meeting of the Open & Affordable Education Committee, Provost Wickert attended in order to provide an official charge to the group and to offer commendation for our work. A full copy of the charge can be read here: OAEC charge [pdf]
Open educational resources hit a turning point in 2018. For the first time ever, the federal government put forward funds to support initiatives around open educational resources, and recent studies show that faculty attitudes towards using and adapting these openly-licensed learning materials are steadily improving.
The Open & Affordable Education Committee is happy to announce two new members joining the committee for the spring semester: Nora Ryan, Inclusion Services Coordinator for the Office of Equal Opportunity, and Cyndi Wiley, the new Digital Accessibility Coordinator for Iowa State University.